Erwin Koeman is new Hungarian national team coach

25th April 2008, Comments 0 comments

The elder Koeman will take over the reins after current coach fails to lead Hungary to qualify for Euro 2008 championships.

25 April 2008

BUDAPEST - The Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) on Thursday announced that it had appointed Erwin Koeman, the elder brother of Dutch legend Ronald Koeman, to manage the national side.

Koeman will take over from Peter Varhidi on 1 May, who led Hungary through an unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the Euro 2008 championships.

The former midfielder will be handed the task of raising the team's performance before a tough World Cup qualifying campaign.

Hungary must overcome Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Malta and Albania to reach the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Koeman was capped 31 times by The Netherlands and was part of the squad that brought Holland its only ever European title at Euro 1998 in West Germany.

He began his management career with RKC Waalwijk in 2004 and moved on to manage Feyenoord the next year. He quit Feyenoord in May 2007.

Varhidi took charge at the end of 2006, halfway through Hungary's qualification campaign and in the wake of an embarrassing defeat to Malta.

While Hungary occasionally performed well under Varhidi - most notably beating World Champions Italy 3-1 in a friendly match in 2007 - he failed to bring back the glory days of the 1950s, when Hungary, with Ferenc Puskas at the peak of his powers, was considered the greatest national team in the world.

Nonetheless, Varhidi was handed a contract extension in January when the MLSZ failed to secure the foreign coach they were believed to be pursuing.

[dpa / Expatica]

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